Throughout the 20th century, 15 people have tried to go over the falls one way or another. Ten have survived. Jesse Sharp went over in a kayak in 1990. He died. In 1995, Robert Overcracker tried to prove technology was the answer when he went over on a jet ski. He died too. Before you get any ideas, its illegal to attempt to go over the falls so even if you live to tell about it you might be telling your story to your cell mates. Besides that, you’d probably just end up like Annie: lost to history and broken, if not broken into pieces.
On This Date in History: On this date in 1861, the Pony Express, for all intents in purposes, came to an end. What caused the demise was that on October 24, 1861 first transcontinental telegraph was completed. Until that date, the Pony Express was the fastest way to get messages from the east…generally from St. Louis….to the western frontier. The telegraph was a vast improvement.
What I find most interesting about this and things like the Transatlantic cable is what it says about the Civil War. There were several attempts all through the 1860’s at completing the cable, which finally was completed in 1866. In my view, this indicates that the Union had no conception of defeat. While the South was trying to figure out how to feed the people, find enough troops, supply those troops with armaments and with even basic necessities such as shoes and finance the effort, the Union had enough resources to work on a Transatlantic cable and complete a transcontinental telegraph. And don’t forget, these efforts were already started when the Civil War began.
If all that was not enough, Congress authorized the Pacific Railway Act in 1862 which was the beginning of the Transcontinental Railway. What that means is that the Union began another huge project even after the war had started. As I said, no concept of defeat. When we look at what was really going on in the North during the Civil War, we find a mindset that, regardless of the outcome of the war, the North would go on and they behaved that way. Conversely, the South was primarily focused on survival. They did some negotations with Europe over treaties regarding trade that would take effect after the war or trying to gain some official recognition that may help them win the war, much as the rebellious colonists gained recognition and support from European powers during the Revolution. But in that case, those european nations that supported the colonists were already at odds with the British.
Weather Bottom Line: A little cool on Saturday with clouds eroding during the day. Sunday looks good with highs in the low 60’s. We see some clouds with a little disturbance coming across on Monday but I betcha its too dry for much in the way of rain. Otherwise, we will see a fair amount of sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday and seasonal temperatures.